Christmas activites

What to Do for Christmas in Northern Illinois

If you’re planning a trip around the most magical time of the year, consider celebrating Christmas in northern Illinois. The Land of Lincoln is beautiful during the holiday season. Whether you want to see holiday light displays, Santa Claus, or sing Christmas carols, Galena is the best place to experience an old-fashioned Christmas. 

Before we get you into the holiday spirit, take a look at our free Travel Guide to Galena. We’ve included our top picks for restaurants, shops, bars, and outdoor recreation in town so that you can customize your perfect getaway with ease. Request access to your guide and start planning! 

How to Spend Christmas in Northern Illinois

Galena Holiday Kickoff

Start the holiday season off right when you attend the Galena Holiday Kickoff event. Gather from a distance as you prepare to see the Christmas tree light up for the first time of the season. Plus, you’ll also catch a special appearance from the man himself, Santa Clause!  

Holiday Fire in the Sky 

For a spectacular way to celebrate the holidays, while also social distancing, check out the Holiday Fire in the Sky! The spectacular fireworks display happens at the beginning of December. You can admire the colorful explosions in the sky from anywhere in downtown Galena or surrounding areas. So, mask up and watch in awe! 

Night of the Luminaria 

Watch Galena turn into a winter wonderland as the town lights up on Night of the Luminaria. Stroll through downtown Galena and see thousands of candlelit luminaries line the streets and sidewalks. 

You can also take a walk down Main Street for holiday lights, charming shops, and extravagantly decorated store windows with holiday-inspired animations. It’s a sight you do not want to miss. 

Christmas in the Village of Elizabeth 

Another fun celebration is Christmas in the Village of Elizabeth! See Santa in a cute living window at Artists and Artisans on Main Street. Have the kids send a letter to him in the mailbox while receiving candy in return. Then, enjoy beautiful Christmas carols as you explore, shop, and be merry! 

Winter in Galena 

Galena is absolutely stunning in December. Sparkling blankets of snow coat the land as guests and locals head to the slopes to take full advantage of it. Galena is home to Chestnut Mountain, where you can try several different winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. 

Stay Cozy in the Best Bed and Breakfast in Galena

Farmers Guest House offers the most hospitable environment, where you’re always greeted with a friendly face and welcoming hello. Spend Christmas in Galena this year in one of our charming accommodations. 

Our award-winning B&B is just around the corner from Main Street, so you can walk to all the best shops, restaurants, and Christmas events. 

Stay in Annie’s Galena Cottage for a cozy night by the fireplace, where we recommend enjoying hot chocolate as you catch up with loved ones. So, what are you waiting for? The best Christmas vacation awaits at Farmers Guest House in Galena! Book your stay now